Food Halls Come to the Triangle
Unique food hall dining experiences are now — or will soon be — available in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary
Morgan Street Food Hall in downtown Raleigh opened this past September.
Photo courtesy of Carroll's Kitchen
The US has fallen in love with food halls. While multieatery markets like Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia and Pike Place Market in Seattle have long traditions, a slew of new food halls have opened all over the country. The Triangle has recently entered the fray with Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary opening — or making plans to open — their own food hall, each with a unique personality and flair.
Morgan Street Food Hall
The highly anticipated Morgan Street Food Hall opened its doors in September 2018, introducing Raleigh to its first food hall. Located in downtown’s bustling Warehouse District, the 20,000-square-foot facility assembles more than a dozen dining options and retail stalls. Founder Niall Hanley, the man behind projects like the world record-holding Raleigh Beer Garden, drew on his childhood experiences with night markets in his native Ireland when he created the food hall. Cuisine at Morgan Street Food Hall runs the gambit of styles and flavors. Sandwiches and kolaches from Carroll’s Kitchen can be found on one end of the food hall, while bahn mi and pork dumplings line the menu at MKG Kitchen on the other end.
Photo courtesy of Carroll's Kitchen
Transfer Company Food Hall
By transforming a historic garage and auto shop into a unique dining experience, downtown Raleigh’s Transfer Company Food Hall aims to go beyond serving as a place to find a quality meal, and offers patrons a gathering place where different communities can connect through food. Just a five-minute walk from Fayetteville Street, Transfer Company Food Hall tenants range from long-time Capital City favorites like Videri Chocolate Factory, to new ventures like the wood-fired bagel shop Benchwarmers Bagels and imports like Asheville’s Burial Beer Company. Dining is just a piece of Transfer Compan vision for their space. Enjoy a litany of events that include art shows, fundraisers for hurricane relief and community open houses. Transfer Company Food Hall is scheduled to open for business in 2019.
Photo courtesy of Transfer Company Food Hall
Durham Food Hall
Opening for business in 2019, Durham Food Hall will breathe even more life into the Bull City’s vibrant American Tobacco Historic District. This highly anticipated food hall brings a carefully curated selection of eateries to Downtown Durham. After combing through more than 200 applicants, Durham Food Hall's founder Adair Mueller painstakingly selected 10 vendors that will provide a wide range of dining experiences. The result is a collection of diverse culinary goodies where artisanal nut spreads from Simon Says Spread This are under the same roof as smokehouse meats from Old North Meats and Provisions.
Rendering courtesy of Durham Food Hall
Fenton Food Hall
Multiple-times James Beard Award nominee Scott Crawford has been asked to curate a food hall for the upcoming Fenton development in Cary. Dotan Zuckerman of Fenton’s development group, Columbia Development, says “we are curating a mix of best-in-class, chef-driven restaurant concepts, which I believe will be the main attraction at Fenton. The food hall is in the early development and design stages but it will follow a similar strategy.”
Blue Dogwood Public Market
Located on iconic Franklin Street, Chapel Hill's Blue Dogwood Public Market ushered in the Triangle’s first food hall. It provides a space for new and upcoming eateries, pop-ups options and vendors. Stall sizes have been intentionally minimized to allow for a maximum of vendors—and to welcome vendors open to collaboration with the food hall's other occupants, which drives the community atmosphere. Among the permanent residents are gluten-free, Italian Pizzelle Bakery; the plant-based, Latin-inspired eatery Soul Cocina; and the vegan soul food cafe, Vegan Flava Cafe. Local food isn't the only focus—Blue Dogwood Public Market's presents its dedication to serving the community by offering free children's art classes and cooking classes for all ages. (Find more info on the market's Facebook page.)
Photo courtesy of Blue Dogwood Public Market
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